June 3, 2010

Missouri makes a move in Big 12

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BEST OF THE BIG 12
Ranking the classes (national rank)
1. Missouri (6)
2. Texas (8)
3. Kansas (23)
4. Baylor (25)
5. Oklahoma State
6. Oklahoma
7. Texas Tech
8. Kansas State
9. Texas A&M
10. Iowa State
11. Colorado
12. Nebraska
Best by category
Best perimeter scorer: Josh Selby, Kansas
Best low post scorer: Tristan Thompson, Texas
Best passer: Cory Joseph, Texas
Best shooter: Ricky Kreklow, Missouri
Best rebounder: Tristan Thompson, Texas
Best shot blocker: Perry Jones, Baylor
Best defender: Markel Brown, Oklahoma State
Most versatile: Cameron Clark, Oklahoma
Best basketball IQ: Cory Joseph, Texas
Best pro prospect: Josh Selby, Kansas
Best speed: Josh Selby, Kansas
Best motor: Tristan Thompson, Texas
Impact player: Josh Selby, Kansas
Biggest sleeper: Stargell Love, Baylor
Best at each position (top overall player in bold)
PG: Josh Selby, Kansas
SG: T.J. Taylor, Oklahoma
SF: Tony Mitchell, Missouri
PF: Perry Jones, Baylor
C: Keith Davis, Texas A&M
Inside the Numbers
4 - Teams ranked in the top 25
15 - Rivals150 prospects coming to the Big 12
5 - Five-star prospects coming to the Big 12
4 - Four-star prospects coming to the Big 12
6 - Ranked three-star prospects coming to the Big 12
8 - Ranked recruits from Texas coming to the Big 12, the most of any state
7 - Number of states represented by Big 12 recruits in the Rivals150
The Big 12 boasts four teams in the national rankings, with Missouri leading the way at No. 6 nationally. Five-star forward Tony Mitchell is the jewel of the class, though there are questions about whether he will qualify academically. The Tigers also have four-star point guard Phil Pressey. Texas moved into the No. 2 slot in the conference and No. 8 spot nationally when the Longhorns added top-10 prospect Cory Joseph to play alongside five-star big man Tristan Thompson. Behind the star power of No. 1 overall recruit Josh Selby, Kansas is No. 3 in the conference and No. 23 nationally. Baylor is at No. 25 and has top-10 power forward Perry Jones headlining its class. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State just missed national rankings but have strong classes.

Best recruiting battle

There was plenty of drama in Josh Selby's recruitment. At one time, he was committed to Tennessee. After decommitting from the Vols, he explored several other schools. But Kansas, behind the strong recruiting effort of coach Bill Self, quickly took the lead and held off a last-minute effort by Tennessee to bring him back into the fold.

Adding size

Of the 15 ranked prospects headed to the Big 12, nine are forwards.

At the top of the list are five-star prospects Perry Jones, Tony Mitchell and Tristan Thompson. Jones has all the physical tools of an NBA talent. Mitchell is a high-flying wing scorer. Thompson is a high-energy producer in the paint.

In the four-star range, Cameron Clark is at the top of the list. He should make an immediate impact at Oklahoma with his versatile game. Michael Cobbins was one of the summer's most pleasant surprises. His length and skill will give Oklahoma State an added dimension. Texas A&M adds power forward Daniel Alexander, a finesse player who is a long-range shooting threat.




 

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